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Week 14 Passing Matchups

by Justin Howe, Devin Knotts, and Keith Roberts, Exclusive to Footballguys.com

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Good Matchups: [ARI] [DAL] [DET] [HOU] [IND] [LAC] [NO] [NYG] [OAK] [SF]
Neutral Matchups: [ATL] [CIN] [GB] [MIA] [MIN] [NYJ] [PIT]
Tough Matchups: [BAL] [JAX] [PHI] [TEN] [WAS]
Bad Matchups: [CAR] [CHI] [LAR] [SEA]


PLEASE NOTE: This does NOT replace the Cheatsheet ranking. The Cheatsheet rankings are the final say on where we see a player for that week. The Matchup Breakdowns are simply one more tool in the box when it comes to helping choose your lineup.

Also note, just because a player has a "bad" matchup, it does NOT mean he's not a starter in your league. If Tom Brady is playing the toughest pass defense in the league, that just means he's got a tough matchup that week. He's also your starter unless you're loaded at QB. In the same way, if the worst QB on your roster has a "great" matchup that week, it doesn't necessarily mean he's your starter. It means we think he'll fare better than normal that week.

Bottom line is that the cheatsheets are the final say.


Buffalo Bills Passing Offense vs Indianapolis Colts Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

The Buffalo passing game is in such anemic shape that it likely doesn’t matter who steps under center Sunday. Both quarterbacking options are suboptimal starters, and there are no impact receivers to speak of. Garbage time has provided most of their production: over their last 5 games, they’ve “racked up” 38% of their passing yardage and 60% of touchdowns in the fourth quarter (they’re 1-4 over that span). And it seems unlikely they’d put together anything of note with rookie disaster Nathan Peterman, who actually created negative adjusted net yardage per attempt (-0.38), under center. There’s a little hope of Tyrod Taylor is able to suit up – he at least carries a floor with his legs – but it seems unlikely we’ll see a viable QB2 from Buffalo in Week 14, even in a cherry matchup. The Bills should project to season-high production against the pitiful Colts defense, but this remains arguably the most hands-off passing game in all of fantasy.

The Colts’ bottom-of-the-barrel pass defense, already allowing the league’s most 3rd-most yards and 12th-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, was utterly decimated in Week 12 by the loss of emerging shutdown cornerback Rashaan Melvin to a hand injury. They then lost slot cornerback Pierre Desir during Week 13, and on cue, allowed Blake Bortles to throw for 309 yards and 2 touchdowns. Melvin will miss multiple weeks and leaves the Colts secondary in arguably league-worst shape, and opposing pass games should continue to run circles around them. They’ve allowed a wideout to notch 86+ yards and 1 touchdown in 3 of their last 4 games, and even more stunningly, they’ve allowed a whopping 17 players to register 60+ receiving yards on the year. The Bills enter Week 14 with possibly the league’s worst passing outlook, but that’s quite a floor for what’s left of their weaponry.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Cleveland Browns Passing Offense vs Green Bay Packers Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Finally, the Browns get a relief in their schedule this week after seemingly the most difficult stretch in football over the last five games going up against Los Angeles Chargers, Cincinnati, Jacksonville, Detroit and Minnesota. The only team not in the top 8 of those teams is Detroit, so the schedule has been a brutal one for DeShone Kizer, but he has looked improved as he has only thrown four interceptions in those five games and he is running the ball more than he did early on in the season as he is averaging 36 yards per game rushing over his last five games. Josh Gordon returned last week and very easily could have had 150 yards in that game as he was seemingly open on almost every play. Expect more from Gordon this week as the team will look to use him alongside Corey Coleman and David Njoku in what should give Kizer legitimate weapons which is something that the Browns have missed this year.

The Packers pass defense started the season strong, but have really struggled as of late as over their last four games they have given up the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. A big part of this is that outside of Morgan Burnett who has been playing both safety and the slot cornerback position, this secondary is really struggling. Josh Jones the second-round rookie has struggled so far this season and is being forced into more playing time due to Kevin King being out for the season. This should be a prime opportunity for Kizer and the Browns to get right in this game and potentially get their first win of the season.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Denver Broncos Passing Offense vs New York Jets Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

The Broncos remain a team without a quarterback; they’re already in “tank for a QB” mode for all intents and purposes. Trevor Siemian has regressed even further from his ideal-backup outlook, posting a truly pitiful 4.40 adjusted yards per attempt over his last 5 turnover-plagued appearances. Backup Paxton Lynch is out with an ankle sprain and has looked like an abject failure when on the NFL field anyway (a career 5.00 AY/A and 73.3 passer rating). And Brock Osweiler somehow remains just as bad as either of them. It’s a shame to see a wideout duo as talented and ball-dominant as Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders go wasted, but that’s what we’re seeing. The two have combined to draw a massive 39% of team targets since Week 5, but spun them into just 7.6 combined receptions for 89.0 yards. With such inept quarterbacking, neither can be looked at as anything more than a volatile WR2/3 option at best.

The Jets pass defense has feasted and built respectable numbers over the past few weeks against shaky and/or subpar passing games, but remains a soft unit we can target with confidence in fantasy. We saw last week what an explosive offense can do to them: Alex Smith racked up 366 yards and 4 touchdowns, becoming the 6th quarterback over their last 8 games to top 250 and also the 6th to throw multiple scores. The Jets’ rookie safety duo has been shoddy at best in coverage, and outside of Morris Claiborne, the cornerbacks have failed to hold downfield coverage. That’s a big reason wideouts are having so much success in this matchup: since Week 5, they’ve allowed 68+ yards and/or a touchdown to a whopping 12 wide receivers, including the likes of Deonte Thompson, Zay Jones, and Chris Godwin.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Kansas City Chiefs Passing Offense vs Oakland Raiders Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

What an impressive performance last week from Kansas City as Alex Smith looked like the Alex Smith that we saw early on in the season as he got off to a quick start with two touchdowns to Travis Kelce which setup the Jets to try to take Kelce out of the game only for them the Chiefs to go back to Tyreek Hill who had a huge game last week. This could be a spot for Smith to have another huge game as he did the first time this season against Oakland where he had 342 yards and three touchdowns.

Statistically, the Raiders secondary has largely been bailed out due to an easy quarterback schedule. When they have faced quarterbacks who are in the top five in fantasy points this season, the Raiders have been absolutely torched, as they gave up 342 yards and 3 touchdowns to Alex Smith, 339 yards and 3 touchdowns to Tom Brady, and 365 yards and 3 touchdowns to Kirk Cousins. The Raiders have the dreadful chicken or the egg situation in their secondary has been bad and the Raiders do not have a consistent pass rush as they only have 22 sacks on the season. The Raiders have also struggled against the tight end position this season as they have allowed the 7th most fantasy points to opposing tight ends which could setup well for Travis Kelce this week even though he only had 33 yards and a touchdown in their first meeting.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


New England Patriots Passing Offense at Miami Dolphins Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

His Week 13 hiccup aside, Tom Brady remains the game’s most consistently great passer and arguably its best producer. He’s posted 8 games of 20+ fantasy points thus far, third-most in football, as a result of leading the NFL in raw yardage and adjusted yards per attempt. And even last week he completed 70% of his throws for 258 yards; his fantasy day was merely doomed by a lack of touchdowns. That’s a true rarity: Brady was fresh off a stretch of 3 straight games with 3+ touchdowns and has thrown multiple scores in 8 of 12 games. Armed to the teeth with dynamic weaponry, including Brandin Cooks, Rob Gronkowski, and an impressive set of pass-catching backs, Brady boasts the strongest floor and ceiling projections virtually every week he’s in play. His Week 13 outlook is made a bit murkier by Gronkowski’s suspension, but not overly so. Brady is always in position to maximize his personnel and turn his dependably solid volume (34+ attempts in 9 of 12 games) into a QB1 day. He’s never a start-or-sit concern for his fantasy owners, regardless of matchup.

Saddled with poor cornerbacks and one of the league’s most anemic pass rushes, the Dolphins have struggled mightily against the pass all year. They’re allowing the league’s 8th-most touchdowns through the air (1.83 per game) and 11th-most net yards per attempt (6.5). Don’t be fooled by their raw numbers over the last 2 weeks: Tom Brady would’ve easily topped 227 yards if not for the blowout score, and Trevor Siemian seems to have regressed to the point that he’s no longer even a capable No. 2. This remains a fairly targetable unit, and one that Brady shouldn’t have any trouble brushing aside in Week 14. The only real question concerning Brady or Brandin Cooks owners is whether the Patriots will be up 27-3 entering the fourth quarter and ease off of the pedal.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Offense vs Detroit Lions Passing Defense (Great Matchup)

Jameis Winston returned this past week and he looked good in his return as he completed 66% of his passes and threw for 270 yards. The problem from a receiving standpoint is that ten receivers caught passes in this game from Winston on just 21 completions which meant that while Winston’s overall day was great, Mike Evans and the other receivers for the Buccaneers largely disappointed. While we haven’t seen Winston in a few weeks, it is hard to imagine that he is changing his philosophy as a starting quarterback and will go back to his typical routine as he heads home this week against Detroit.

The Lions are a team in which surprisingly have really struggled over the last five games against the pass as they are allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks during that time. This is atypical for the defense that is led by Glover Quin and Darius Slay, but part of the problem for the Lions is that Quandre Diggs over his last few games has really struggled much like we saw all of last season and then both Nevin Lawson and DJ Hayden have struggled opposite of Darius Slay on the outside. This is a tough matchup for Mike Evans as he will likely draw Darius Slay’s shadow for most of the game, but this is a great matchup for the rest of this passing offense including the tight end as the Lions have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends over the last five games.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Arizona Cardinals Passing Offense vs Tennessee Titans Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Blaine Gabbert had a rough outing last week as he is absolutely trending in the wrong direction under center for the Cardinals. He started out with three touchdowns, 257 yards, and a 64.7% completion rate in a nice matchup against the Texans Week 11. Since then, Gabbert’s yardage, completion rate, and touchdowns have all progressively decreased. One thing that has maintained steady though has been Gabbert’s turnovers, as he has coughed it up two times in each of his three starts. Larry Fitzgerald continues to get it done though, as he finished last week with his fourth game of the season with 10 or more receptions and his fifth touchdown of the year. Ricky Seals-Jones had another decent outing last week despite only two receptions as he finished with 44 receiving yards from five targets. The rest of these Cardinals receiving options simply can’t be trusted, with Seals-Jones as a fringe option only.

The Titans looked better in Week 12 but went back to their old ways last week as they let Tom Savage pass for 365 yards and a touchdown. The Titans rank in the bottom third against the pass using DVOA despite allowing just 6.7 passing yards per attempt (T-7th fewest). From a scoring perspective, they have given up 22 passing touchdowns on the season, including allowing four passing touchdowns in three games. Injuries will be something to watch here for the Titans, as their top cornerback Logan Ryan suffered a concussion last week and will be racing the protocol to start this weekend. If Ryan plays, he is who Larry Fitzgerald should see most of between the slot and outside. However, if Ryan is out, the Titans will be forced to rotate in Brice McCain, who has definitely been their worst cornerback this season.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Dallas Cowboys Passing Offense at New York Giants Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Cowboys offense got back on track last week with 38 points in a blowout of the Redskins on Thursday night. With an offensive line back to near full strength, most notable with Tyron Smith back in action, Dak Prescott had a solid running game behind him and great protection as he was sacked just one time. While Prescott passed for a season-low 102 yards, he found the end zone twice while accounting for zero turnovers. Prescott had multiple turnovers and zero touchdowns in each game since Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension, so this performance was a big one for his confidence despite the low passing yards due to a run-heavy game script. Dez Bryant scored a touchdown for the first time since Week 7 as he continues to have a tough season compared to past standards. Jason Witten also scored a touchdown for the first time since Week 7, but he has been literally on and off this season with five games of one reception and less than 10 receiving yards.

The Giants secondary saw continued struggles against the Raiders last week, giving up nearly 300 yards through the air including a number of chunk plays downfield. The Giants have now allowed the third most passing yards per game (260) and are tied for the third most passing touchdowns (23) given up—good for the third most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. With Janoris Jenkins now placed on injured reserve, this secondary is particularly bad as he was their only shining star that could lock down at least one receiving option. Dez Bryant moves all over the field, but most of his time should be spent against Eli Apple, which is a favorable matchup. Rod Smith coming out of the backfield should also have a good matchup with the terrible Giants linebackers.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Detroit Lions Passing Offense at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Be very careful with the Lions this week as Matthew Stafford does not appear to be in great shape if he plays. While it is only a “bruise” on his hand, the reports that you could see cleat mark indentations do not seem like a great sign. Also, the press coverage as we are writing this on Wednesday has indicated that he is not yet out of the woods. Even if he plays, it is hard to trust Stafford in this game as the Lions have a load of offensive line issues as seven of their offensive lineman are currently on their injury report.

The Buccaneers are a team that on the season has been one that we wanted to target against, but this is a defense that their defense is a roller coaster ride and plays lights out like it did last week against Green Bay, or can give up 360 yards to Matt Moore and Jay Cutler. Over their last six games, the Buccaneers have largely been a solid pass defense as they have allowed only 241 yards passing and have allowed the eighth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. While their secondary is still incredibly weak, they have been able to play like a unit particularly in the red zone as they have only allowed seven passing touchdowns in their last six games. This is a unit that while they are low on talent, and they will likely give up yardage particularly out of the slot

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Houston Texans Passing Offense vs San Francisco 49ers Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Injuries have been a massive issue for the Texans passing offense lately. Will Fuller missed his third straight game last week with a rib injury. During last week’s game, Houston lost two more wide receivers as Bruce Ellington left with a hamstring injury while Braxton Miller, who replaced Ellington, suffered a concussion and was also forced to leave. Adding fuel to the fire, tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz was also forced out with a concussion last week. Ellington is slated to miss this week AND Fiedorowicz has been placed on injured reserve, while both Fuller and Miller remain questionable to start. DeAndre Hopkins continues to eat in this offense regardless of these injuries as he was targeted another 14 times last week, hauling in eight of them for 80 yards. Hopkins is averaging 90 yards per game this season with three huge games under his belt due to this massive volume he is seeing, although he has just two touchdowns in the last five weeks since Tom Savage took over under center. Speaking of Tom Savage, he actually had an impressive game last week passing for a career-high 365 yards with one touchdown and an interception. Savage did, however, maintain his streak of at least one turnover in each game he has started this season.

The 49ers passing defense predictably had a great game last week against one of Bears bottom-feeding passing offense. Despite allowing the third-most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks, they have given up just the 14th most passing yards per game as rushing productivity by quarterbacks has somewhat skewed that stat. Since Week 7, the 49ers are actually allowing the sixth fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers as only one player has exceeded 70 receiving yards against them. HOWEVER, during that same span since Week 7, the 49ers have given up the fourth-most fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends, including a league-leading six touchdowns to the position with at least one touchdown in every game up until last week since the Bears do not use a pass-catching tight end. Stephen Anderson for the Texans was targeted a whopping 12 times last week once Fiedorowicz went down, scoring the team’s only touchdown of the day. He is a guy to really keep your eye on this week. The 49ers have also been susceptible to pass-catching running backs this season, allowing the league’s most receiving yards to the position along with four receiving touchdowns and the league’s fourth most receiving yards per target. Lamar Miller is not known for his pass-catching abilities, but he is being targeted at a healthy rate while averaging just under three receptions per game.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Indianapolis Colts Passing Offense at Buffalo Bills Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Jacoby Brissett has fared better than virtually anyone expected upon his Week 2 insertion into the lineup. He’s generated 6.8 adjusted yards per attempt, which factors in touchdowns and interceptions – not a great mark, but a better one than Cam Newton or Marcus Mariota has posted. Still, Brissett simply isn’t much to look at as a passer, and the team isn’t putting much on his plate. He’s averaging just 32.4 attempts per start, with just 226.3 yards and a 2.8% touchdown rate (29th among the season’s regular starters). With Donte Moncrief falling off the face of the earth and T.Y. Hilton routinely bracketed by downfield coverage, Brissett projects weekly to a ho-hum ceiling; on weeks he doesn’t run for a touchdown, he routinely finishes on the mid-to-low end of the QB2 scale. As a result, we can never outright project this passing game to anything explosive or even dependable.

The Buffalo pass defense remains the team’s only saving grace – and it’s an inconsistent one. This unit is generally limiting opposing pass games, allowing the seventh-fewest fantasy points to quarterbacks. But they’re thoroughly targetable for opposing WR1s. Over their last 8 games, they’ve allowed 83-189 yards to each of A.J. Green, Mike Evans, Michael Crabtree, Michael Thomas, and Keenan Allen, with 6 touchdowns by wideouts along the way. The young cornerbacks are losing a lot of their gambles, and the pass rush isn’t dissuading anyone from testing them deep. This looks like a great spot to target the Colts’ downfield players while remaining cautious in expecting all-over-the-field fireworks.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Los Angeles Chargers Passing Offense vs Washington Redskins Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Chargers passing offense has taken a step up to another dimension as Keenan Allen is having an unbelievable three-game stretch. Allen has ten or more catches in each of his last three games over 100 yards in each of those games and has scored four touchdowns in those three games. Allen’s play is helping the entire offense as Hunter Henry has also stepped over the last two games as he is averaging 78.5 yards in each of those two games.

The Redskins passing defense has been in the middle of the pack this season, but it is largely due to their disparity in how they defend the wide receiver compared to how they defend the tight end. The Redskins have been one of the best defenses against wide receivers on the season as Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland and even Kendall Fuller have all played well which have contributed to the Redskins only allowing the fifth-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. The problem for Washington is that as good as their secondary has been, their defense against tight ends has been equally as bad which sets up tremendously for Hunter Henry. On the year, the Redskins have allowed the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


New Orleans Saints Passing Offense at Atlanta Falcons Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Drew Brees remains arguably the NFL’s most efficient passer; he’s just no longer a very prolific one. Brees is characteristically leading the league in completion rate (a stunning 71.5%) and net yards per attempt (7.56), which factors in sacks and sack yards lost. He’s just not producing much by way of counting stats right now. He’s averaging just 274.8 yards per game – his lowest mark since his 2005 swan song with the Chargers – and is on pace to land below 30 touchdowns for the first time since 2007 (he’s posting just 1.41 per week). The Saints are simply dominating the NFL on the ground, and there’s no reason to expect them to change up as they soar toward the playoffs. Of course, one could argue that the pace set by Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara isn’t sustainable forever, and that they’ll eventually need Brees’ production to tick upward. But for the foreseeable future, they’re better off preserving him as much as possible, so it seems short-sighted to merely assume a big change. This is a ground-dominated team, and Brees lacks the safe, 35-attempt floor we’re so accustomed to. All of this makes Michael Thomas’ 2017 accomplishments even more impressive; he remains a weekly WR1 with a sturdy floor, averaging 6.3 catches and 73.9 yards a game.

The Falcons pass defense has come together nicely as a fairly stout unit, giving up just 228 yards per game, ninth-best in football). Top cornerback Desmond Trufant is posting another strong season as a shutdown force, and he’ll spend much of Week 13 blanketing Michael Thomas. Opposing WR1s have generally struggled to create much against Atlanta, including Dez Bryant (39 on 8), Doug Baldwin (40 on 6), and Mike Evans (78 on 12). Still, like most good-not-great units, the Falcons do tend to break down against stronger passing games. Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Tom Brady, and Russell Wilson all topped 250 yards in this matchup, and even Josh McCown (257 and 2 touchdowns) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (283) posted big days. This unit is serviceable, but shouldn’t be a real deterrent for Drew Brees.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


New York Giants Passing Offense vs Dallas Cowboys Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Giants have cleaned house with the firing of their coach and general manager, and just like that, Eli Manning will be back under center on Sunday. The Geno Smith experiment failed miserably last week as he lost a couple fumbles while passing for just 212 yards and one touchdown to Evan Engram. Smith may now even be demoted to the Giants’ third quarterback after that performance last week. Evan Engram may have been happy with Smith though, as he had his best game of the season with seven receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown. This was a solid return to box score prominence for Engram, as he had just nine and 18 receiving yards in each of his last two outings. Previous to those games, Engram had four consecutive games with a touchdown, so it was good to see him back on track last week. Sterling Shepard made his return to the field last week and would have had an abysmal showing if not for a 47-yard grab midway through the fourth quarter. Shepard has shown some nice upside with a couple 130+ yard games but has only found the end zone one time as he has been banged up off and on this year. Shepard has only played two games as the #1 receiver with Eli Manning at quarterback, and he averaged 11 targets between those two games.

The Cowboys passing defense has been a bottom-third unit for most of this season, giving up the eighth and third most fantasy points per game to quarterbacks and wide receivers respectively. The performance by Phillip Rivers in Week 12 was eye-popping for this defense as he blew them up for 434 yards and three touchdowns. Outside of that, the Cowboys had only allowed one quarterback to surpass 270 passing yards. However, they are giving up touchdowns in bunches with multiple passing touchdowns allowed in 9-of-12 games, including each of their last five games. Their top cornerback Orlando Scandrick is expected to miss this week with a back injury, leaving the door open for Sterling Shepard to have a big game.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Oakland Raiders Passing Offense at Kansas City Chiefs Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

The Raiders will likely once again be without Amari Cooper as he is dealing with a concussion and an ankle injury and as of Wednesday still had not been cleared from the concussion protocol. This ultimately means that the Raiders will be utilizing a combination of Michael Crabtree and Jared Cook in this game. Cook who largely disappointed everyone last week had his second biggest game against this Chiefs team earlier in the season with 6 receptions for 107 yards.

The Chiefs made a surprising decision to suspend Marcus Peters for throwing a referee’s flag into the stands. The reason that this is so surprising is that the discipline did not come from the league but instead the Chiefs who are in a close race for their division and need their top cornerback in this game. Darrelle Revis will likely see even more work than what he did last week in his first game against the Jets, but Revis struggled mightily last week as the 32-year-old had a difficult time in coverage last week. Steven Nelson on the other side of Revis has been atrocious all-season so this is looking like a matchup that should be able to be exploited by the Raiders this week. Michael Crabtree is the player that you want to target this week as regardless of which cornerback on him.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


San Francisco 49ers Passing Offense at Houston Texans Passing Defense (Good Matchup)

Jimmy Garoppolo led the 49ers to their second win of the season in his first start with the team last week, completing over 70% of his pass attempts for almost 300 yards and his first career interception. The fantasy production was not there, but Garoppolo looked great running this offense up and down the field. Marquise Goodwin was Garoppollo’s favorite target last week, hauling in all eight of his targets for 99 yards as he led the team in receiving. Goodwin has been quietly productive in the last four games, averaging 82 receiving yards per game over that span as he has emerged as the top receiving option for the 49ers. Carlos Hyde has been getting a ton of targets out of the backfield also, but he has fallen flat in the last three games with just 12, 21, and 6 receiving yards in each outing.

The Texans passing defense looked better last week against the Titans, but that is not saying a lot as the Titans passing offense has struggled for most of the season and was missing their top wide receiver in Rishard Matthews. On the year, the Texans have allowed the third highest most passing yards per attempt, third most passing touchdowns (23), and second most fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks. Their defense has certainly been shredded in large part to the poor play at cornerback. The combination of cornerbacks Kevin Johnson and Kareem Jackson has been quite fruitful for opposing receivers as they are both allowing extremely high catch rates and each giving up nearly the most fantasy points per route in the league. Kareem Jackson is quite possibly one of the worst slot cornerbacks in the league, giving a big boost to Trent Taylor coming out of the slot for the 49ers. The Texans secondary has certainly played better in recent weeks with 150 or fewer passing yards and one passing touchdown allowed across their last two games, but that is a small sample size against a couple of struggling passing offenses. While the 49ers passing offense doesn’t have Joe Montana anymore, they may have finally found a serviceable quarterback that could do some damage this week.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Atlanta Falcons Passing Offense vs New Orleans Saints Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

It remains exceptionally hard to trust Matt Ryan week-to-week for fantasy purposes. He’s fallen off majorly from his dazzling 2017, and he continues to boast a stat ceiling that’s not especially impressive. Ryan has averaged 254.8 passing yards per game, 11th-most in the league, and he’s topped that number just 4 times all year. He’s also yet to throw more than 2 touchdowns in any game, and he’s only tossed 2 in 5 of 13 appearances. With only one effective downfield threat – a future Hall of Famer, but only one nonetheless – Ryan presides over a passing attack that’s relatively predictable and routinely fails to maximize Julio Jones in all his glory. Jones has been a strong producer in 2017, but has scored just 3 touchdowns. Some of that blame rests on his own shoulders – Jones has always been a poor red-zone producer – but some falls on Ryan and the offense for their utilization of him. There’s simply no excuse for Jones earning seven or fewer targets five times thus far.

As rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore’s health goes, so goes the Saints pass defense. Lattimore’s emergence as a true shutdown force propelled this unit from the dregs of the NFL to a strong, virtually fantasy-avoidable one: they allowed a miniscule 169 yards per game (fewest in the league) and 14.3 fantasy points (second-fewest) from Weeks 3 through 10. But since his injury early in Week 11, they’ve regressed terribly, allowing two games of 300+ yards and an efficient, 2-touchdown day to Cam Newton and the Panthers. Lattimore was close to returning last week and, barring a setback, should suit up against the Falcons. One player doesn’t make all the difference, of course, but if Lattimore returns this is a far less attractive matchup for Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and company.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Cincinnati Bengals Passing Offense vs Chicago Bears Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

It’s not that the Bengals passing game is bad or fantasy-weak, by any means. There’s still plenty of value to be found; it’s just concentrated almost entirely within A.J. Green. Injuries to Tyler Eifert and John Ross have left Green virtually the team’s only playmaker, and on the season he’s drawing a massive 29.7% of team targets and 34.0% of yardage. In this offense, he’s not quite the volume monster some of his WR1 counterparts are, but he’s still a fair weekly stab at 100 yards and enough splash-play opportunity to produce a touchdown. His 13.6 aDOT is truly elite. Green alone turns Andy Dalton into a fair streaming stab at low-end QB1 production when the matchup is favorable; he’s thrown multiple touchdowns in four straight games and six of his last seven. There’s little fantasy appeal beyond them, though. Tight end Tyler Kroft has popped up in the red zone of late, but doesn’t produce nearly enough (just 60 yards over his last 4 games) to make a dent.

The Chicago pass defense has continued to serve as one of the league’s more underrated units. They’re giving up just 238 yards per game through the air, a number made even more impressive when you consider their daunting passing-game schedule. They’ve been especially adept at limiting (and often neutralizing) opposing WR1s, though we’ve seen that fold a bit in recent weeks, with Michael Thomas, Davante Adams, Marvin Jones, and Alshon Jeffery averaging 76.0 yards and the last three each finding the end zone. Still, in all, they’re allowing the league’s 12th-fewest yards and 6th-fewest touchdowns, and they’re anything but a safe target. A.J. Green’s outlook remains strong – it always is – but Andy Dalton may struggle to find openings elsewhere.

Please refer to the NFL's injury report for the latest injury news regarding your players.


Green Bay Packers Passing Offense at Cleveland Browns Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Brett Hundley had his worst game of his career last week passing the ball and it came at one of the worst possible times as he may only have one more game left as a starter with Aaron Rodgers coming back potentially as soon as next week (side note, if he is still on your free agent wire, RUN to get him). Hundley struggled mightily last week throwing for only 84 yards in this game as the team went run-heavy after failing to get any traction through the air.

Jason McCourty last week got absolutely torched by Keenan Allen as he shadowed him for most of the game, but Allen had 10 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown which was incredible. On the season McCourty has been one of the top cornerbacks in the league, so the question is whether the 30-year old cornerback is wearing down a little bit or if he just had a bad week. Outside of McCourty, the Browns secondary has been in the middle of the road, but the problem continues to be the safety play as the Browns have allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing tight ends this season and a big part of that is that Jabril Peppers and linebacker Christian Kirksey have been very poor in pass coverage this season. The good news for the Browns is that the Packers do not utilize their tight ends enough to exploit this great matchup.

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Miami Dolphins Passing Offense vs New England Patriots Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

The Dolphins passing game continues to underperform. Career gunslinger-to-a-fault Jay Cutler has spent much of the year dumping off to slot man Jarvis Landry rather than testing defenses downfield, and it’s resulted in a particularly low-impact attack. Cutler has posted just 5.4 adjusted yards per attempt, 27th among regular starters, and has topped 235 yards just once all season. At least he may be giving up on the DeVante Parker experiment. Parker is still muddling along, making a handful of mistakes for each nice play, and he seems to have been supplanted as the top outside threat by Kenny Stills. This could bode well for Cutler efficiency-wise, but the duo connected on just 5 of 13 targets last week and is volatile in its own right. It’s sad that Landry and his 8.7 yards per reception are the lifeblood of this passing game, but that’s where we are, with a worrisome weekly floor and an absolute ceiling right in the middle of the pack.

The Patriots have rebuilt their pass defense’s weekly outlook of late, allowing just 185.0 yards over their last 6 games. But there’s definitely a caveat: scheduling. It’s worth noting that over that span they’ve faced the Falcons and Chargers but not much else in terms of opponent dynamism. We can’t take too much away from their turnaround, which has been impressive, but we also can’t follow that 185.0 number blindly. There are still vulnerabilities, especially in the flats and linebacker zones, that can allow a quarterback to turn decent volume into a strong fantasy day. They’re likely grateful to see Jay Cutler and the Dolphins’ low-impact attack on the docket.

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Minnesota Vikings Passing Offense at Carolina Panthers Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Case Keenum had yet another solid outing last week as he completed a season-high 83.3% of his passes for 227 yards and couple touchdowns. Keenum has now passed for multiple touchdowns in back to back weeks and four of his last five games. He also has now gone three straight games without a single turnover to follow up a streak of four straight games with at least one interception. Keenum spread the ball around much more often than usual last week as each primary pass catcher for the Vikings, including Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Jerick McKinnon, and Kyle Rudolph all finished with exactly five targets. This was a big step back in usage for Thielen as he was coming off double-digit targets in five of his last six games, but he still finished with the team’s most receiving yards last week. Even though many of their drives stalled last week, seeing Keenum’s versatility to accurately spread the ball around like that is a great sign for this passing offense going forward.

After allowing multiple passing touchdowns in three straight games, the Panthers secondary did a decent job in limiting the Saints and Drew Brees to 269 passing yards and one passing touchdown last week. The Panthers do not have the most talented secondary in the league, but this defense is propped up by what has been an excellent pass rush, as shown by their 34 sacked on the season, tied for fifth most in the NFL. Their linebackers and safeties (particularly safety Mike Adams) have done a great job covering tight ends this season, as shown by their fifth fewest fantasy points allowed to tight ends on the year. Wide receivers have certainly found success at times though, especially the week before last when two Jets receivers exploded for over 100 yards each. Adam Thielen should draw Captain Munnerlyn from the slot, which is the best matchup of any Vikings pass-catcher as Munnerlyn is giving up over a 70% catch rate on the year. The Vikings offensive line has only allowed 14 sacks all year (2nd fewest), so they should be able to withstand the strength of this defense and allow times for these Vikings receivers to work against the average Panthers secondary.

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New York Jets Passing Offense at Denver Broncos Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Josh McCown continues to silence his critics. He currently sits 11th among regular NFL starters in QBR and 14th in adjusted yards per attempt, with 18 touchdowns to just 8 interceptions. He’s truly found a buried gem of a WR1 in Robby Anderson, who’s averaged 77.1 yards per game since Week 3 and posted 85+ in 4 of his last 5. With tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and his running back trio providing underneath support, McCown is shockingly providing a weekly QB1/2 fantasy ceiling and a workable floor. He’s topped 300 yards in back-to-back games and 250 yards in 5 of his last 7, with 4 multi-touchdown games along the way. He’s certainly worked himself into the weekly QB2 picture, but more impactfully, he’s made weekly, no-brainer starters out of both Robby Anderson and Seferian-Jenkins. This is a frightening matchup for the group, but not an unbeatable one. Anderson is a true speedster who can bring fantasy value on just a handful of catches, while Seferian-Jenkins looks poised to exploit a soft Broncos tight end defense. Jermaine Kearse has been more volatile than Anderson but has posted back-to-back games of 100+ yards in his own right.

The Broncos secondary remains the team’s security blanket, and it’s a strong one. Still boasting three upper-tier cornerbacks, including arguably the league’s best boundary (Aqib Talib) and slot (Chris Harris) men, this unit has suffocated and drastically limited most of its 2017 opposition. They’ve allowed just 215 yards per game through the air, second-best in the league. But – and this is a common theme for the Broncos – there’s still a free-fall taking place, and opposing wideouts are seeing tangible success of late. Since Week 8 they’ve let 4 wide receivers top 74 yards and allowed 6 touchdowns to the position overall. Tight ends continue to find big success against the coverage-weak safeties and linebackers, and all in all, this is no longer a unit that should frighten us off our strong plays. Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse carry tougher outlooks than usual, but both still have workable floors, and Austin Seferian-Jenkins projects to strong touchdown opportunity.

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Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Offense vs Baltimore Ravens Passing Defense (Neutral Matchup)

Ben Roethlisberger’s numbers are rebounding nicely. He was an abject fantasy disappointment through six weeks, posting his worst yardage and touchdown rates in years, but has been the overall fantasy QB3 over his last five games. Last week was especially impressive: facing the Bengals, a defense that’s historically stymied the Steelers pass game, Roethlisberger racked up 290 yards and 2 touchdowns. Antonio Brown, who rarely posts any numbers of note against Cincinnati, generated 101 yards and 1 touchdown through tight downfield coverage. It’s served as confirmation that Brown is a matchup-proof mega-stud, and that when he’s producing, Roethlisberger profiles as a fantasy QB1. That wild battle with the Bengals will likely cost us JuJu Smith-Schuster to suspension for Week 14, but perhaps Martavis Bryant’s recent uptick suggests he’ll be a weapon. All in all, this passing game is growing in both volume and efficiency, and it's feeding its explosive mouths quite adeptly.

On paper, the Ravens pass defense looks like a relatively prohibitive unit, allowing just 216 passing yards and 0.92 touchdowns a game. But it’s not without its cracks, and they’re coming to prominence more than ever right now. Outside cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Marlon Humphrey have been good-to-great throughout the season, but Smith has now been lost for the year and there’s little depth behind them or in the slot. They’ve suffered from shaky coverage by the safeties and the less-than-dynamic linebackers, leaving openings up the seams that have been exploited by opponents, if inconsistently. Last week saw the Lions produces well through Golden Tate and Theo Riddick on – as well as downfield balls to Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay, an indicator that the Ravens will miss Smith dearly. Not merely fighting through a rough patch, this unit looks as likely as any to free-fall in the coming weeks.

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Baltimore Ravens Passing Offense at Pittsburgh Steelers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

This has shaped up as a truly lost season for Joe Flacco and this passing game. Plagued by an offseason back injury that took away his preseason, Flacco has toiled through a 2017 that’s seen him average just 179 yards and 0.92 touchdowns per game, both career lows. It’s been a year marked by a sheer lack of confidence in his throws: he’s thrown downfield (15+ yards) on just 13.4% of his attempts and completed a pitiful 25.5% of them. That’s served to waste the talents of Mike Wallace (44.3 yards per game) and Jeremy Maclin (39.1), both dangerous downfield threats that have gone largely ignored. Rather, this passing game generally revolves around Flacco feeding low-risk, low-impact balls to limited targets like Ben Watson and Danny Woodhead. It generally doesn’t serve fantasy owners well, and last week’s 269-yard, 2-touchdown line probably stands as an absolute ceiling.

The Steelers pass defense is a generally strong unit, but it’s not without its warts and on a clear slide. After allowing just 172 yards per game (best in the league) over their first 7 games, they’ve given up a robust 286 since, and 4 of their last 6 opponents have thrown multiple touchdowns. There’s still a dynamic pass rush and punishing set of safeties in play, but cornerback Joe Haden is likely to remain sidelined until at least next week, leaving on the field a fairly inconsistent group of coverage men. Opposing wideouts have had a field day of late: they’ve recorded a wild six touchdown catches over the past four weeks. We don’t want to target this defense specifically, not with such fresh memories of this unit dominating weaker pass games (like Baltimore’s). But we also don’t need to fear the matchup right now.

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Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Offense vs Seattle Seahawks Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Blake Bortles one of his best outings of the season last week against an atrocious Colts passing defense as he passed for 309 yards and two touchdowns with zero turnovers to speak of. The Jaguars passing offense has been slightly improved this season due to fewer turnovers, but they still are a run-first team at heart despite the recent inconsistency of their ground game. Marquise Lee came up big last week, hauling in 7-of-10 targets for 86 yards and a touchdown, marking his best fantasy outing of the season. This game got Lee back on track after a very forgettable Week 12 with just one catch for 13 yards. The rookie Dede Westbrook was nipping at Lee’s heels for playing time and usage last week, playing just four fewer snaps than lee and getting nine targets to Lee’s 10. Westbrook’s playing time has increased each week since his debut in Week 11, and he has had increasingly productive games each week as this young receiver is showing some serious potential.

While the Seahawks defense isn’t what it was a few years ago, they still rank as a top tier unit that has been playing well despite the litany of injuries they this secondary has had to deal with. They did allow Carson Wentz to pass for 348 yards last week, but they limited the league’s top touchdown-passer to just one touchdown while picking him off one time as well. The Seahawks did allow Nelson Agholar to have a huge day out of the slot though, as Agholar posted 141 receiving yards and a touchdown from seven receptions. Justin Coleman mans the slot for the Seahawks, and while a banged-up Earl Thomas takes some blame for that performance, it was definitely a bad look for them both. What we really have to keep an eye on here though is how the Jaguars inconsistent offensive line can handle the pass rush from Seattle. Frank Clark had two sacks and five hurries last week while Sheldon Richardson added in eight pressures all against a very talented Eagles offensive line. The Jaguars line is nowhere near that high of a caliber, so Blake Bortles may have very little time to find any open receivers this week.

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Philadelphia Eagles Passing Offense at Los Angeles Rams Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Carson Wentz saw his seven-game streak with multiple passing touchdowns end last week as he found the end zone just once against the Seahawks. Wentz did, however, pass for a season-high 348 yards in the losing effort as he made a number of nice throws downfield. A few of those nice passes went to Nelson Agholar, who had a very nice game with seven receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown. Agholar was targeted twice as many times as Alshon Jeffrey here—the first time since Week 5 that he finished with more targets than Jeffrey. There were plenty more targets to spread around here due to the quiet night from Zach Ertz, who had to leave in the third quarter with a head injury. Ertz is doubtful to play this week, which means Trey Burton should be in line for an expanded workload yet again. Ertz has been one of this offense’s most reliable pass-catchers in the red zone, so this will be a downgrade to the overall passing offense. In the one week that Ertz missed, Burton did find the end zone. He also hauled in four receptions for 42 yards last week, so the Eagles are not afraid to go to Burton in Ertz’s place.

The Rams defense looked dominant again last week as they held Blaine Gabbert to 221 passing yards with two interceptions while sacking him a staggering six times. The Rams pass-rush has been spectacular for the entire season, ranking third in the league with 37 sacks. Aaron Donald leads the team with eight sacks, racking up two last week along with seven hurries despite the fact that he was double teamed on a number of plays. He will face a talented right side of the Eagles offensive line this week, but few offensive linemen have proven to be a match for Donald this season. The Rams secondary has been playing well this season also, accounting for 14 interceptions (fifth-most) while holding opposing quarterbacks to the fourth-fewest fantasy points per game. The Rams have allowed some better games to wide receivers since their Week 8 bye week, but they still are limiting touchdowns on a pretty regular basis in large part due to the play of their outstanding pair of safeties.

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Tennessee Titans Passing Offense at Arizona Cardinals Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

The Titans passing offense continues to struggle as Marcus Mariota passed for fewer than 200 yards for the second week in a row. Mariota does have at least one passing touchdown in each of his last five games, but this season is nothing like the year he had in 2016. Mariota has really struggled with his accuracy while shying away from taking shots downfield. With the conservative, run-first game plan that the Titans employ on a weekly basis, it is hard to see a ton of upside for Mariota in the passing game. Delanie Walker has been the only receiver that can be trusted while Rishard Matthews continues to be sidelined. Walker has now scored in back to back games after going his first 10 games without a receiving touchdown. He has over 60 receiving yards in each of his last six games and is by far the most consistent receiver on this offense. Walker did tweak his ankle last week, but he is still expected to suit up on Sunday.

The Cardinals passing defense has mediocre stats overall this year, but they have shown solid improvement throughout the second half of this season. Through Week 7, the Cardinals had allowed third and sixth most fantasy points per game to wide receivers and quarterbacks respectively as teams were torching cornerbacks not named Patrick Peterson on a routine basis. Since Week 7 though, the Cardinals have allowed the 28th and 12th most fantasy points per game to wide receivers and quarterbacks. No receiver has exceeded 100 yards since Week 1, and the Cardinals haven’t allowed a tight end above 30 receiving yards since Week 6. If Rishard Matthews makes his way back to the field this week, Patrick Peterson will give him a very warm welcome. If Matthews is out, look for Peterson to be on Corey Davis. Delanie Walker should again be one of the most viable targets for the Titans this week as he has a decent matchup with safety Budda Baker and a weaker Cardinals linebacker group.

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Washington Redskins Passing Offense at Los Angeles Chargers Passing Defense (Tough Matchup)

Kirk Cousins in a contract year continues to be absolutely incredible. Cousins has thrown for 220 yards or more in every game except for one, has thrown for 300 or more yards five times and has thrown for multiple touchdowns in a game seven times. This is a quarterback who is largely doing it with smoke and mirrors when it comes to the wide receiver position as outside of Jamison Crowder who has really turned it on over the last six weeks the Redskins do not have a reliable secondary option outside of Vernon Davis who has been struggling recently. While the passing game has been great, the offensive line injuries are starting to catch up with the Redskins as Matt Bitonti downgraded this offensive line nine spots this past week which is a major concern heading into this week against one of the best pass rushes in football.

This should be a tremendous test for the Redskins offense in this one as the Chargers secondary is a top five secondary in the NFL this season as Casey Hayward and Trevor Williams have both been terrific. This is an overall team that is setup to stop the pass at every level as they have elite pass rushers on the outside, elite cornerbacks, and good safeties who’s primary skill is defending the pass.

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Carolina Panthers Passing Offense vs Minnesota Vikings Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Cam Newton continues to make his hay from the rushing game as he has now failed to exceed 200 passing yards in four of his last five games with a couple outings with zero passing touchdowns over that span. Newton has done a great job protecting the football with no interceptions in the last four games after coughing it up 11 times in his first eight games, but that is partly due to his overall reduction in pass attempts in recent weeks. Newton’s accuracy has been abysmal this season, including the game in Week 12 where he completed only 39% of his passes. Last week was slightly better at 63%, but this is still a huge problem for the Panthers passing offense going forward. Devin Funchess was questionable going into last week, but he ended up playing and leading the team in receiving yards with a touchdown. Greg Olsen, however, did not play as he re-aggravated his foot injury and was held out. Olsen is likely to play this week though, so look for that to help boost the passing attack. Christian McCaffrey has also been a huge weapon for Newton as he has been targeted at least five times in every game this season with a ton of usage in the red zone.

The Vikings had another spectacular showing on defense last week as they held the Falcons to just nine points without a single offensive touchdown. Matt Ryan only managed to pass for 173 yards while Xavier Rhodes held Julio Jones to only two receptions for 24 yards after his massive game the week prior. The Vikings are holding opposing quarterbacks to just the third-fewest fantasy points per game and have held opposing wide receivers to no touchdowns in half of their games this season. Devin Funchess can be expected to be smothered by Rhodes this week. Greg Olsen has a softer matchup with linebacker Eric Kendricks, but he will also have the watchful eye of safety Harrison Smith to contend with. One would think Christian McCaffrey will be funneled targets here, and he very well may see plenty of looks, but the Vikings have also been proficient in that department as opposing running backs are seeing just 4.8 receiving yards per target with only one passing touchdown, making the Vikings defense the third most efficient in the league against pass-catching running backs.

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Chicago Bears Passing Offense at Cincinnati Bengals Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

The Bears remain loath to ask rookie Mitchell Trubisky to throw much, and it’s dinging his fantasy outlook to near-Tim Tebow levels. Trubisky has attempted just 24.1 passes per start, topping 30 in 4 games but falling below 17 in 3 others. We’ve seen his absolute ceiling – a 297-yard, 1-touchdown game against the Packers 4 weeks ago – yet no other performances have been fantasy-worthy. His receiving corps doesn’t boast any intriguing names, partly due to an injury-riddled lack of talent and partly due to Trubisky’s inability to throw deep (just 16 of 39 when throwing 15+ yards downfield). Dontrelle Inman is modestly appealing, with games of 88 and 64 yards on his recent resume, but he’s still not a fantasy option.

The Bengals’ saving grace on defense has been this pass-snuffing unit, which has allowed the NFL’s eighth-fewest yards and sixth-fewest touchdowns. There’s nothing fishy about those numbers, either: they’re giving up just 5.5 net yards per attempt, the league’s fifth-best mark. Granted, their schedule has been relatively lax, and they’ve feasted against poor quarterbacks, while Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger have hung three big games on them. Thankfully, Bears rookie Mitchell Trubisky is far from a matchup-busting gunslinger, and he projects to very little success against this unit. That goes for the Bears’ barely-there wideouts, too: Cincinnati has allowed only three players (Antonio Brown, Jack Doyle, and Geronimo Allison) to notch 65+ yards.

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Los Angeles Rams Passing Offense vs Philadelphia Eagles Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Jared Goff put forth another solid effort for the Rams passing offense last week as he passed for two touchdowns and 220 yards with one interception. Goff has now passed for multiple touchdowns in four of his last five games after starting the season with multiple passing touchdowns in just two of his first seven outings. Goff did a great job spreading the ball around as he completed passes to eight different receivers, but the apple of his eye last week was Todd Gurley, who led the team in receptions and receiving yards. Cooper Kupp had a decent outing on par with his average contribution while Sammy Watkins scored in his second straight game, now with a touchdown in four of his last five outings despite averaging just 22 targets over that span. Both Watkins and Josh Reynolds may see slight bumps down in their roles if Robert Woods can return from his shoulder injury this week. His status is still questionable, so keep an eye on it closer to Sunday.

The Eagles passing defense has been spectacular for most of the season, but they have played particularly well in the second half as opposing quarterbacks are averaging just 182 passing yards per game since Week. This combined with the Eagles’ 11 sacks and seven interceptions over that span help contribute to why quarterbacks playing against the Eagles have scored the fewest fantasy points per game over that last five-week span. Wide receivers haven’t found much success against the Eagles secondary either this season with just seven touchdowns on the year, only two of which have come in the last seven games. With the fourth overall ranked passing defense, the Eagles will be an extremely tall test for the Rams passing offense as there really Is no matchup to exploit within this secondary.

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Seattle Seahawks Passing Offense at Jacksonville Jaguars Passing Defense (Bad Matchup)

Russell Wilson has been the center of not only the Seahawks’ passing offense but their entire offense as he has accounted for 29 of the team’s 30 offensive touchdowns and 80% of the team’s total offensive yards. Wilson has been extremely consistent for most of the season, passing for at least 225 yards and multiple touchdowns in seven straight games. Last week was particularly impressive as the Eagles represent the best defense he has played this season, and Wilson still passed for three touchdowns, all from within the red zone. Jimmy Graham continued his very impressive touchdown run with another score last week despite hauling in just three receptions for less than 35 yards for the second straight week. Graham has just six and four targets in his past two games with three red zone looks combined. Graham remains the clear top target in the red zone for this offense though, as he leads the skilled positions, even among running backs, in red zone looks. Doug Baldwin led the team in targets last week for the first time since Week 9 after catching just one pass in the entire first half. This was a great game for Baldwin after being held to two receptions and 40 or fewer yards in his last two games.

It is hard to find a tougher defense to play than the Eagles, but the Seahawks will do just that this week as they square off against the league’s top-ranked passing defense. The Jaguars are simply elite in nearly all aspects of defending the pass as they rank near or at the top in all categories. There is one exception to keep an eye on this week though, and that would be the matchup between Doug Baldwin and Aaron Colvin in the slot. With both Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye shutting down the outside, Baldwin should see some quality looks against Colvin, who allowed all completions on all six balls were thrown his way last week. Colvin has played well this year, but he is certainly the one weaker spot in this Jaguars secondary.

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